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Tetraodon palembangensis


Tetraodon palembangensis
Humpback Puffer
金麒麟狗头
An ambush predator, Tetraodon palembangensis is a very inactive fish, some specimens only moving when food is offered. 

Puffer fish are so called as they have the ability to inflate their elastic stomachs with water or air. This is usually a response to some kind of threat, although in the aquarium many specimens appear to inflate themselves for no apparent reason. The fish becomes 2 or 3 times it's normal size, which makes the fish both big enough to scare away many potential predators, and difficult to swallow. 

Many parts of the body of puffers contain the deadly neurotoxin tetrodoxin. This is the same poison found in the notorious blue-ringed octopus. When ingested in sufficient quantities, it can cause paralysis and death. As yet there is no known antitoxin and to humans it is over 1000 times deadlier than cyanide. Grotesquely, the victim usually remains conscious as he or she becomes paralysed. It's a famous delicacy in Japan, but is prepared only by highly-trained chefs, and even then many people have died from eating it. 

金麒麟狗头又称魔鬼狗头或帝王狗头,性情非常凶残,常对其他热带鱼发起攻击。
金麒麟狗头捕食方式和红木瓜狗头相同钻沙机率高. 并以钻沙埋伏方式猎食,因此饲养时也要放细小的底沙。
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